February 5, 2019

Takekobo / Window of the Bamboo Workshop

Yoshiharu Tsukamoto Lab. (Tokyo Institute of Technology)

A bamboo workshop in Uchiko, Ehime Prefecture, established about 140 years ago. To be able to open its narrow front window as widely as possible, the sliding storm shutters are built in the form of lattice shutters which tuck away underneath the eaves. During the day, these lattice shutters are propped up, and the finely detailed double sliding glass doors opened so that the staff can speak to the customers seated on folding stools. In order to enjoy these conversational opportunities, the doors are apparently kept open even during the winter.

Bamboo workshop/ Uchiko, Ehime Prefecture

This article is an excerpt from “Window Workology,” a joint research project concerning windows and the behaviors around them done in collaboration with Tokyo Institute of Technologyʼs Yoshiharu Tsukamoto Laboratory.